Cincinnati streetcar project literally reaches a milestone

April 9, 2014 by  

In spite of one of the most brutal winters in history, crews have continued work on the Cincinnati streetcar throughout the coldest months, and have finally reached a significant milestone in the project.

As of late March, the rails have reached Central Parkway, which means crews have been able to install a full mile of track thus far. The tracks are laid into the city’s streets, making for a challenging type of construction.

The first stop on the streetcar line is also under construction. The stop is at the corner of Elm and Liberty streets. In addition, work has begun on the streetcar’s operations and maintenance building, where the concrete walls were poured during the past week.

The work will cause some street closures modifications to traffic patterns. Main Street between Court and Sixth will be reduced to one lane on occasion, beginning the week of March 24 and continuing through October. This will allow crews to do underground electrical work for the streetcar’s infrastructure. At times, there will be restrictions on turns into cross streets in this area. There will be further detours throughout the construction process, and many instances in which streets will be reduced to one lane.

Drivers in Cincinnati are likely to become impatient with this process, so city officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents, explaining the construction process, outlining the projected delays, and suggesting alternate routes.